More staff photographers at Johnston Press are set to lose their jobs after the publisher extended its content review to another of its regional divisions.
Over the past year, photographic departments have been axed across a number of JP divisions including Scotland, the North West and the Midlands following a review of how photographic content is generated.
Now the company has announced that the move is to be extended to its South division, which includes titles in Sussex and Hampshire.
It is understood that around ten roles are affected, including three staff photographers and the picture editor at flagship daily The News, Portsmouth.
A Johnston Press spokeswoman said: “A number of photographic roles have been placed at risk at in the South Publishing Unit of Johnston Press following a proposal to change the way photographic content is generated.
“Local managers are making these difficult decisions to help ensure a sustainable, multi-platform future for local journalism.
“The company is committed to being as supportive as possible in making this transition to a successful digital future.
“Consultation is now under way with affected staff.”
In other regions where the review has been carried out, most staff photographers left with an enhanced voluntary redundancy package, although a small number were made compulsorily redundant.
The first region to be affected by the changes, in November last year, was Scotland, where 24 photographic roles were placed at risk.
It was followed in January this year by the Midlands division and shortly afterwards by the North West titles, where around six staff photographers were kept on to cover the whole region under a pool arrangement.